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The Battle Royal (1916)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  13 April 1916 (USA)
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Plump and Runt are on opposite sides of a mountain feud. Then government revenue agents arrive and both families join together to run off the common enemy.


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Cast overview:
Plump (as Babe Hardy)
Billy Ruge ...
Elsie MacLeod ...
Runt's Sister
Grandpa Runt
Will Louis ...
Revenue Officer


In the hills of Kentucky, the Plumps and the Runts are neighbors and bootleggers. Peter Plump is in love with one of the Runts, and her brother is in love with one of the Plumps. The courting and the spooning go well until Peter and his future brother-in-law hook the same fish and start a fight over whose it is. The fracas escalates, and soon the two families are shooting at each other. If love can't bring the two sides back together, what can? Written by <>

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Comedy | Short





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13 April 1916 (USA)  »

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A Battle Royal  »

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5 January 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an odd little short. It appears to be truncated. Although the film was 8 minutes long and IMDb lists it at that, the movie just seems to start--and there are no credits. Then, inexplicably, someone added sound narration many years later. The guy talking sounds like the old guy who used to be on the Pepperidge Farms commercials. Some of his comments are pretty dumb, some somewhat funny--regardless, it wasn't necessary.

The film didn't have any big stars for 1916, though you'll probably recognize a younger Oliver Hardy. It's a story about two hillbilly families who get along great until one day, with very little provocation, they begin feuding. Interestingly, people ONLY seem to get shot in the butt and it all appears to be a lot of fun--until dreaded revenuers arrive.

The film, unfortunately, isn't very funny. If your idea of fun is watching hillbillies endlessly shoot at each other for laughs, then by all means watch it. But the gags aren't there and it's all a bit tedious. Strongly recommended only for people who enjoyed the TV show "The Hillbilly Bears".

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